Using giant vats of organic liquid buried under a mountain in Italy, scientists have shed new light on the origins of ghostly particles known as neutrinos generated by the Earth.

This research could yield insights into what radioactive elements lie deep inside the Earth and how they influence the churning of the Earth’s innards, researchers added.

Neutrinos are subatomic particles generated by nuclear reactions and the radioactive decay of unstable atoms. They are vanishingly tiny — 500,000 times lighter than the electron. Read more…

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Scientists detect ghostly particles under Earth’s surface